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Herbert sniffed the wind before quitting

AAP logoAAP 9/11/2016 Angus Livingston

Far from being hounded out of office, Victorian Corrections Minister Steve Herbert quit - with his tail between his legs.

His cabinet colleagues were still publicly defending him an hour before he resigned over using his ministerial car to chauffeur his dogs 120 kilometres between his homes while he was at work.

Just 24 hours earlier, Mr Herbert was standing firm under heated questioning in parliament, where he couldn't say how many times the dogs travelled in the car without him.

So what caused the sudden change?

The pampered pooch story touched a nerve from the day it broke.

MPs from both sides heard from voters angry about the entitlement Mr Herbert showed in having his driver pick up Patch and Ted and ferry them about.

Mr Herbert said he realised he had become a "distraction".

The opposition believes a more likely answer lies in his ministerial driving logs, which should be quite detailed.

They record the date, speedometer reading, business and personal kilometres travelled, starting location and destination, the passenger, and the purpose of each trip.

When Mr Herbert said his logs didn't show the number of times his dogs travelled without him, it raised eyebrows.

Those logs would have been released under Freedom of Information laws in 45 days.

It looks like the minister sniffed the wind and realised it was easier to roll over than dig out of his hole.

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